2012 Online Trust Alliance Honor Roll Announced
Achievement recognizes GlobalSign's leadership in online security and privacy best practices
London, UK - June 6 2012 - GlobalSign (www.globalsign.co.UK), one of the longest established Certification Authorities (CA) and specialist, in SSL security today announced its recognition as a "North Star" by the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) 2012 Online Trust Honor Roll for its leadership in online security and privacy best practices.
The Online Trust Honor Roll is based on a composite trust score of security and privacy measures at hundreds of online sites. With a focus on best practices, the Honor Roll recognizes companies who demonstrate leadership in online security as "North Stars" to help inspire others.
As part of the 2012 study, released June 6, 2012, OTA analysed the adoption of key security and privacy initiatives, providing benchmark reporting and comparisons between key industry sectors including leading internet retailers, FDIC Top 100 Banks, and social networking sites. Of the companies evaluated by the non-profit, member-based OTA, less than 30% were named to the Honor Roll.
"Today's businesses are stewards of ever-increasing amounts of users' personal and sensitive data that necessitate the implementation of privacy and security best practices," said Craig Spiezle, Executive Director and President, Online Trust Alliance. "Being a member of the 2012 OTA Online Trust Honor Roll means GlobalSign has demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment towards online safety, to enhancing the vitality of the internet, and, most importantly, to consumer trust."
"Since joining the Online Trust Alliance Group in early 2011, GlobalSign has been working with industry leaders and experts alike to help aid the industry with best practices for online security. GlobalSign strides to be a leader and is delighted to be recognized in this year's Score Card." says Steve Waite, Chief Executive Officer, GMO GlobalSign, Inc. "We hope this recognition will help pave the way for others to follow and keep organizations and consumers protected online."
The 2012 report examined over 1,200 domains and privacy policies, approximately 3,600 web pages and over 500 million emails. In addition, public records were analysed for recent data breach incidents and settlements with the FTC.
The focus of the OTA Online Trust Honor Roll is to:
1. Recognize exemplary efforts of leading companies toward data and user protection, as security & privacy efforts, and highlight them as "North Stars." Organizations on the Honor Roll manage data via security best practices while having transparent privacy practices.
2. Demonstrate OTA's commitment towards providing prescriptive advice, tools and resources to businesses to enhance the security and privacy of the internet.
3. Underscore the importance of focusing on security and privacy holistically, and that individual security and privacy initiatives cannot be pursued in isolation.
4. Provide benchmark scoring, using the Online Trust Index (OTI) and reported data attributes, for companies to evaluate their own sites, for businesses to use in evaluating partners, and for consumers to consider when interacting or doing business online.
Since 2010, the OTA Online Trust Honor Roll has recognized organizations that follow best practices in data security and privacy. In previous years, the study was named the OTA Online Safety Honor Roll and Scorecard Honor Roll. Recipients have risen from 8% of sites analysed in 2010, to 25% in 2011, to nearly 30% in 2012.
A copy of the Online Trust Honor Roll report can be found at https://otalliance.org/HonorRoll.html. Consumers and organizations interested in learning more about the OTA Online Honor Roll report can join the OTA webinar on June 12th at 9:00am PST. Registration can be completed at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/817160904.
About The Online Trust Alliance (OTA)
The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is a member-based non-profit representing the global internet ecosystem - including the public and private sectors. OTA's mission is to develop and advocate best practices and public policy which mitigate emerging privacy and security threats while enhancing online trust, innovation and the vitality of the digital economy. OTA is committed to protection of critical infrastructure, balanced legislation and data protection through the promotion of best practices, benchmark reporting, and self-regulation. For more information, visit: https://otalliance.org.
About GMO GlobalSign
Established in 1996 and as a WebTrust accredited public certificate authority, GlobalSign offers publicly trusted SSL Certificates, EV SSL, Managed SSL Services, S/MIME email security and Code Signing for use on all platforms including mobile devices. Its Trusted Root solution uses the widely embedded GlobalSign Root CA certificates to provide immediate PKI trust for Microsoft Certificate Services and internal PKI, eliminating the costs of using untrusted Root Certificates. Its partnership with Adobe to provide Certified Document Services (CDS) enables secure digitally signed PDF documents, certified transcripts and e-invoices. These core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of authenticated customers to conduct secure online transactions, data transfer, distribution of tamper-proof code, and protection of online identities for secure email and access control. The company has a history of innovation within the online security industry and has offices in the US, UK, Belgium, Japan, and China.
GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is one of the most comprehensive providers of industry-leading Internet services worldwide. As well as domain registration, web hosting, ecommerce, and payment processing businesses that each hold the top share in their respective markets in Japan, services operated by the group include Internet advertising, search engine marketing and research. Global online security brand GlobalSign and major Japanese online securities brokerage, GMO CLICK Securities are also group members. In 2011 a new Social Media & Smartphone Platform segment was established bringing together group initiatives in social apps development, flash marketing and Android apps distribution. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Please visit www.gmo.jp/en for more information.
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